Green on Green Cilantro Pesto Pasta Salad

Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 0 mins

My boyfriend and I were brainstorming what would make a great summer salad and the idea for a cilantro pesto with all green vegetables came to mind. It was a joint effort coming up with the concept. It's fun and yummy too. I am lactose intolerant so I omitted the cheese, but that would increase the flavor for sure if added. Also substituting any pasta, grain, or rice would be great too. The sauce too can be interchangeable with all types of sandwiches, pizza, etc.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put all cilantro ingredients into food processor or blender and blend until creamy.
  2. Boil pasta, drain.
  3. Mix pesto with pasta until well incorporated. Chill one hour.
  4. Add vegetable mixture, stir.
  5. Salt to taste and serve.
Most Helpful

This is a great recipe and very adaptable. In my case I used pine nuts for the pesto, and used broccoli, zucchini, and red peppers for the veggies (OK, so I deviated from the "green" theme a wee bit--LOL!) My choice of pasta was spinach fusilli. Can't wait to try this idea again with the sugar snaps as I just did not have room for them! Thanks for posting. :)

Noor.Khalid August 11, 2007